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Waste/Recyclable ItemHow do I dispose of this item?Are there any special instructions?Who picks it up?How soon before it is picked up?Are disposal containers provided?Is there a fee?
Animal carcassesFill out a Medical Waste pickup form.Keep frozen until EH&S picks them up. EH&SWill usually be picked up within 3 days. In the summer we wait until the day before the medical waste truck arrives (twice/month).EH&S can provide red biohazard bags and tubs. Only for non-research departments and certain labs charging fees for their services. See the EH&S website for fees.
BatteriesSend small quantities to EH&S through campus mail OR fill out a Hazardous Waste pickup form. No.EH&SWill usually be picked up within 3 days of pickup form submission.No Only for non-research departments and certain labs charging fees for their services. See the EH&S website for fees.
Biohazard or regulated medical wasteFill out a Medical Waste pickup form.Place in red biohazard bags or totes. Indicate whether it is pathogen-containing waste. EH&SWill usually be picked up within 3 days of pickup form submission.Yes — red biohazard bags or red tubsOnly for non-research departments and certain labs charging fees for their services. See the EH&S website for fees.
Broken glassPlace in a box marked "broken glass." If not contaminated with bodily fluids, it's not medical or biohazard waste. Do not use a biohazard or hazardous waste label.This item in not picked up by EH&S. The box should be placed in a dumpster by the custodian or lab personnel.NANo. You can use any cardboard box or order broken glass boxes thru lab supply companies.NA
CDs, DVDs, portable mediaTake to the KSU Recycling Center or request a pickup at recycles@ksu.edu.Delete all information from the media.Facilities RecyclingAs soon as possibleNoNo
Computers, monitorsTake to the KSU Recycling Center or request a pickup at recycles@ksu.edu.Need to fill out a Disposition of Property Form (DA110) for KSU property.Facilities RecyclingAs soon as possibleNoNo
Confidential or security documents for shreddingPlace in a secured Document Resources box.NoEach dept. can request a drop box (console) or locked box with a drop slot. Call Document Resources 537-1222.May be weekly or monthlyYesYes 
Hard drivesCall Document Resources at 537-1222. Hard drives will be shredded.They will log your hard drives you'll sign for them. There will be a charge.Document ResourcesUpon requestNoYes
Hazardous waste, expired or unwanted  chemicalsFill out a Hazardous Waste pickup form.Make sure all containers are closed and marked with a completed hazardous waste label.EH&S3 days or less from the date of your pickup form submissionOnly for solvents. We may provide drums for certain items on request.Only for non-research departments and certain labs charging fees for their services. See the EH&S website for fees.
Household hazardous wasteBring to Edwards HallMake an appointment with EH&S, 532-5856NANANoNo 
Human blood, vomit or other bodily fluid discovered on campusPlace in a biohazard bag or medical waste container.Make sure bag or container is closed.Facilities will clean up & place in a biohazard bag.Will usually be picked up within 3 days of pickup form submission.EH&S will provide biohazard bags.Only for non-research departments and certain labs charging fees for their services. See the EH&S website for fees.
Light bulbs (fluorescent, HID, mercury, etc.)Fill out a Hazardous Waste pickup form.All bulbs must be in a closed cardboard box.EH&SWill usually be picked up within 3 days of pickup form submission.We can provide boxes for 4' and 8' bulbs fluorescent bulbs.Yes
MicrowavesFacilities will take KSU-owned microwaves. Call Recycling at 2-6446.NoFacilities RecyclingUpon requestNANo
Printer/toner cartridgesPlace in the plastic blue tote provided specifically for the cartridges.NoFacilities RecyclingFacilities picks up periodically.Facilities will provide container. If you need one call 2-6446. No
Radioactive wasteFill out a Radioactive waste pickup form.Container must be closed. Must be labeled with a Radioactive Waste label.EH&SWill usually be picked up within 3 days of pickup form submission.NoNo
Recycled items: paper, cardboard, aluminum, glass, newspaper, etc.Place in recycle bins that are located in your office and many other locations on campus.NoFacilities empties all KSU recycling containers.NARecycling will provide recycling containers.No 
RefrigeratorsContact Facilities at 2-6446. It must be KSU property. If working, Recycling will take them. If not working, have refrigerant removed, then Recycling will take it. Call Facilities, 2-6446, to ask about removing refrigerant. There may be a charge.Facilities RecyclingUpon requestNAMay be a fee for removing refrigerant
Sharps, medical (syringes, needles, surgical blades)Place in an approved sharps container and fill out a Medical waste pickup form on the EH&S website. Container must be closed. EH&SWill usually be picked up within 3 days of pickup form submission.NoOnly for non-research departments and certain labs charging fees for their services. See the EH&S website for fees.

More recycling information can be found at K-State Recycling.